Academy Uniform

To facilitate effective teaching and learning at Sandwell Academy there is a strict code of conduct with respect to uniform and office dress for both staff and students.  Establishing and maintaining high expectations of appearance for staff and students is essential to supporting the ethos of a professional, business orientated, educational environment.

In our diverse community, some of our students follow religious guidance on aspects of appropriate clothing.  Sandwell Academy is sensitive to the requirements of specific items of dress code required by religious beliefs.

We ask for your support and co-operation to help keep the standards of students’ uniform as high as possible.  Sandwell Academy clothing requirements are listed on the following pages.

Second hand uniform is available direct from the Academy.

Official Suppliers

Official Academy clothing is obtainable from:

Gogna School Wear & Sports
67/69 Rookery Road
Birmingham
B21 9QU
Tel: 0121 523 5572

A Oakes Ltd.
174/180 Vicarage Road
Nr Oldbury,
B68 8JB
Tel: 0121 552 1684

Student Uniform & Dress Code

Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 should wear the prescribed uniform at all times. Sixth Form students do not wear the prescribed uniform but should wear clothing appropriate for the business world or office environment. (Specific details are outlined later in this policy). If you do not conform, your parents will be asked to collect you immediately and you will not be allowed to return to the Academy until the issue is resolved

Members of the general public make judgements about Sandwell Academy based upon standards of academic achievement, behaviour and uniform. All students are expected to wear full uniform when being transported to and from the Academy. Students are expected to take pride in their appearance and this should be replicated in the way uniform is worn. It is essential that all students take their ambassadorial role for the Academy seriously at all times.

Jewellery

Earrings, rings, nose studs, body and tongue piercing and related jewellery are not allowed. One plain metal stud (gold or silver) can be used for pierced ears and a watch may be worn. Ear stretchers are not allowed.

Hairstyle

No extreme hairstyle or colouring (including totally, partially shaved, or decorated scalps, brightly coloured hair dyes). Sensible hair accessories in black or navy blue.

Nail Varnish

Nail varnish and any form of false nail are not permitted.

Make-Up

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) – Not to be worn

Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 & 11) – Mascara only

Key Stage 5 (6.1 and 6.2) – Appropriate make up for the office.

Academy Kilts and Trousers

No variation of the kilt or trouser style is acceptable. Parents should ensure that they purchase kilts or trousers from one of the Academy's uniform suppliers.

Students are not permitted to wear denim jackets, baseball hats or hooded sweatshirts.

Religious Consideration

A Hijab may be worn but only in a black or navy blue colour.

Uniform for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Students

Male Uniform

Name badge (provided by the Academy)

Academy tie

White shirt

Academy grey trousers

Academy blazer with Academy logo on breast pocket

Academy sweater (optional)

Black socks

Black plain shoes of a sensible design.

(Pumps, training shoes, shoes and boots with deep tread soles or with a logo or reflective design are not allowed.)

Suitable carrying bag (Large enough to carry two A4 folders)

Female Uniform

Name badge (provided by the Academy)

Academy tie

White blouse

Academy kilt – below the knee OR Academy grey trousers

Academy blazer with Academy logo on breast pocket

Academy sweater/cardigan (optional) – to be worn in addition to blazer and not in place of

Black knee-length socks or black tights

Black plain shoes of a sensible design with heels no higher than 2 inches, not stiletto or kitten style. (Pumps, training shoes, shoes and boots with deep tread soles or with a logo or reflective design are not allowed.)

Suitable carrying bag (Large enough to carry two A4 folders)

All students are encouraged to take a pride in their personal appearance. The Senior Management reserve the right to take appropriate action to ensure all students wear the correct uniform in a way that enhances the reputation and reinforces the ethos of Sandwell Academy. Parents are asked to clearly label all items of clothing with their child's name.

Sports Kit for ALL Students

Male & Female Kit

Academy Polo shirt with badge

Academy Shorts or Gym Skirt

Academy Sport Socks

White Sports Socks

Academy Tracksuit with badge

Academy Sweatshirt with badge

Non marking soled shoes – ie suitable trainers for physical activity which provide support and protection to feet.

Towel

Suitable carrying bag

We recommend that for hockey, students should use shin pads and a mouth guard to comply with Health and Safety advice. These are available from most sports shops.

Students involved in physical activities are required to wear Academy PE clothing.

Optional Items for PE sessions and fixtures

Sandwell Academy Hat

Sandwell Academy Gloves

*Please be aware that the PE kit is only available from Gogna School Wear & Sports.

Kit for KS4 & KS5 Performing Arts Students Only

Male & Female Kit

Sandwell Academy Performing Arts T shirt and sweatshirt.

Black Tracksuit Bottoms or Jazz Pants.

Jazz Shoes.

Financial Bursary Support

Eligible parents and Sixth Form students will be given financial support to help with their purchases of uniform or office dress. The Student Support and Welfare Officer, who is contactable via the Academy Reception, is able to provide further details concerning eligibility and the nature of support available.